January 6th, 2014
09:51 AM ET

One Dead and at Least Seven Injured in NYC High-Rise Fire

One person died and at least seven others were injured Sunday after a three-alarm fire broke out in a New York City high-rise, authorities said.

Daniel McClung, 27, was remembered by a close friend as a brilliant and beautiful person, inside and out. McClung was a playwright, a deep thinker with incredible wit and an appreciation for art and great music, said friend Dave Brown.

He said McClung married his husband this past summer in Boston and that they were very much in love. The couple had recently moved into the high-rise.

McClung died after being trapped in a stairwell, said a spokesman for the Office of Deputy Commissioner.

However, out of this tragedy, there are also many stories of survival.

The Lupiano family lives in the building and they tell CNN's Kate Bolduan they survived by escaping down 40 flights of stairs.

John Lupiano said, "Maria made the decision to flee and we just didn't have the time to think, which might have been fortunate even though we could have made a different decision potentially, because as we descended, it got worse and worse, to the point that we couldn't see our feet. It was dense, black smoke. I'm gagging, coughing, tearing and holding the boys."

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